Joleon Lescott says relegation to the Championship may inspire Aston Villa to offer some improved performances in their final four Premier League games.
Villa lost 1-0 at Old Trafford to condemn the Midlands club to the Championship following a season of turmoil at Villa Park.
Lescott spoke to the BBC immediately after the defeat at Old Trafford, when he was asked about the mood in the Villa dressing room.
“Very subdued,” replied the central defender. “We knew before the game what we had to do but coming to Old Trafford is never easy no matter what situation you’re in.
“Throughout the game we showed a level of pride that there’s probably not been enough of throughout the season.
“It’s about results so regardless of how we played in patches today we are relegated. We need to find a way to get out of this run of defeats.
“Now it’s confirmed maybe it’s a weight off the shoulders and we can give these fans what they deserve, some performances.
“Throughout the season we have given reasons for people to jump on us. It’s part of football, we have to take that on the chin.
“It’s a tough time at the minute. At the back of our minds is next season to get promoted. I’m here for as long as Aston Villa want me.”